Meaning of diffraction
Pronunciation: (di-frak'shun), [key]
— n. Physics.
- the phenomenon exhibited by wave fronts that, passing the edge of an opaque body, are modulated, thereby causing a redistribution of energy within the front: it is detectable in light waves by the presence of a pattern of closely spaced dark and light bandsat the edge of a shadow.
- the bending of waves, esp. sound and light waves, around obstacles in their path.
- diffraction (Thesaurus)